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Explore the World and Discover Nature

Bright Star

With a voice full of calm, contemplative wisdom, readers are invited to listen and observe, to accept themselves—and to dare to shout! In Bright Star explore the borderlands—the plants, animals, and insects that make their home in the desert, and the people who live and travel through this unique and beautiful part of the world. 

New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
People Magazine Best Kids Book of the Year
Winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican Children’s Book Award

More Books to Explore

A New Green DayOn every spread, children will solve riddles about the familiar animals, plants and the weather that one child encounters outdoors throughout a whole day
Lesson Plan
A Seed GrowsA close-up view of each step of the process for a seed to become a flower and the ways in which flowers and seeds depend on other creatures.
The Dirt BookA unique celebration of dirt— what makes it, what lives in it, and the many wonderful things the soil does to support life on our planet.
Activity Sheets
Coyote Steals the BlanketA Native American retelling of a tale from the Ute people in which Coyote learns the consequences of taking what isn’t his.

After the Buzz Comes the BeeLift the flap to find the animal making a distinctive noise on each page!
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Curious About InsectsGet a first glimpse into the natural world of insects, from beetles and butterflies to silverfish and moths.
Activity Sheets
About Habitats: DesertsLearn what deserts are, what kinds of animals and plants live there, and how certain species have adapted to the unique challenges of surviving in this harsh environment.
Teacher’s Guide

Workbooks for Young Nature Explorers!

Gail Gibbons’ Monarch Butterfly WorkbookA workbook full of simple activities that makes learning about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly easy and fun while children practice key skills.
Gail Gibbons’ From Seed to Plant WorkbookChildren will be able to draw, color, trace and sort as they learn the parts of a plant, pollination, what plants are used for, and the life cycle of plant.